West Side Story

June 13, 2012

When “West Side Story” debuted on Broadway in 1957, its story of warring New York City youth gangs had a ripped-from-the-headlines relevance. Juvenile delinquency was a major social issue, and audiences were shocked by the overt references to switchblades, rumbles and marijuana.

Such concerns feel quaint today. The national tour of the musical’s most recent Broadway revival – in town through Sunday at the Durham Performing Arts Center – attempts to evoke the edginess of the original by heightening the language, violence and sexuality.

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A charming and heartfelt comedy, “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” gathers seven veteran British actors in a screenplay that can barely contain them. Even at 2-plus hours – relatively long for a comedy – it feels short. There are so many quirks to these characters, so many stories to tell, the film could happily traipse on for another two hours.

Read the review at The Raleigh News & Observer

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